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A Clockwork Orange

Malcolm McDowell as Alex in "A Clockwork Orange"
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Malcolm McDowell as Alex in "A Clockwork Orange"

A Bit of the Old Ultraviolence?

If there's nothing new in theaters that interests you, check out "A Clockwork Orange" playing midnight at Landmark's Ken Cinema this Saturday.

I remember having to get a note from my parents in high school in order to read Anthony Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange" in my English class. At that time I couldn't see the film because it was rated X. Years later the rating was reduced to an R. One of the scenes that was cut was the three-way sex scene between Alex and a pair of women cut to the William Tell Overture. The irony here is that in a film filled with violence and disturbing images the scene that the MPAA felt needed to be cut to make the film more suitable to an audience under the age of 18 was the only scene where women were enjoying sex and were neither victims nor mere objects. I'm not sure what that says about the MPAA or about American attitudes toward sex but I always remembered that as ironic.

Anyway, here's your chance to enjoy Stanley Kubrick's film on the big screen and featuring a brilliant performance by Malcolm McDowell as Alex. Enjoy my droogs. You have to bring your own milk though.